Last night (Saturday 8 June) saw the 2019 New Forest Film Festival awards held in Brockenhurst where industry specialists and filmmakers gathered to watch winning entries in a variety of genres from comedy to horror, and documentary to music.

The festival competition celebrates films of under 10 minutes from around the world at international and student levels.

Music videos, animation, and no-budget films, were amongst the almost one hundred short films submitted for the award from around the world, all of an impressive standard.

The judging panel, including the New Forest residents of film critic Mark Kermode, TV presenter Jon Cuthill, and director Keith English, spent over 14 hours watching the shortlisted films and had a tough choice to make for the winners.
Winning films:

Zero budget – Forest Solace, Libby James Watt
International music video – Life in the Faslow Lane, Andy Sowerby
Student animation short – Purrsonnel, Shayla Stokes
International animation short – I’m Still Here, Steve Baker
Student documentary short – Speaking Out, Hannah Brochocki
International documentary short – Big Cats of Britain, Mike Coggan
International sci-fi short – Alienated, Sandy Parker
Student comedy short – Golem, Silas Elliot
International comedy short – A Piece of the Pie, James Marshall and Luke Guardmont
Student horror – Burglar Night, Chenyang Shin
International horror short – Night Tide, Richard Millar
Student narrative – Intimate, Gianamarco Formica
International narrative – Pins, Glenn Upsall and Gavin Randall
Best New Forest college student short – The Grumpy Director, Abbie Hills
Best New Forest university student short – 5 Rolls of Parcel Tape, and Knife in the Board
Directors’ favourite – Footnotes, Holly Choules, and Love in the 21st Century, Tom Bulpett
Audience favourite – Love in the 21st Century, Tom Bulpett
Best student short – Intimate
Best international short – Pins

The winning films will be shown at venues across the district during this week’s New Forest Film Festival amongst many other film screenings and movie-related events

All finalists have won the rights to use a Film Festival laurel in their work, and the overall winners won screenwriting software.

14 winners received a limited edition ’Derek’, featuring the Festival’s signature donkey on a wooden award made from beech, purpleheart and oak from sustainable sources.

The nine-day film festival, runs until 16 June 2019

New Forest District Council’s project ‘Film:New Forest’ to encourage filming in the area partnered up with film makers Gary Wronecki and Michael van Koetsveld, to organise the awards as part of New Forest Film Festival.

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